Dates are a favourite food in our household during the month of Ramadan when we fast from dawn to dusk. So I thought I would incorporate it into a smoothie for a healthy drink.
I love the way the simple addition of turmeric, ginger and mustard seeds turns the humble cabbage into a colourful and aromatic dish.
Strain Greek yoghurt, which is already strained, even more and you get labneh (laben in Somali), a popular Middle Eastern and North African breakfast dish. It is a great alternative to cream cheese and spreads easily on bread.
Brown rice has never really been part of my diet, but after trying this delicious dish I knew it was going to be a regular part of my culinary repertoire. Its nutty goodness is a bonus too.
I was beyond flattered when I given the daunting challenge of putting my own twist to the famous chef Tal Ronnen’s vegan menu at the Wynn Luxury Resort in Las Vegas.
This nutritious salad with its nutty and earthy taste is not only filling, but looks pretty good on the plate. I also love the fact that something so delicious can also be healthy.
I enjoy giving tradition a new twist so when a Vietnamese friend served me some vegetables in a lettuce cup I thought I would try that idea on Somali food. Combining meat and salad seemed like a good way to go and my suqaar lettuce cup recipe was born.
I like the versatility of dips. I enjoy them served with good bread as a starter, for breakfast, lunch and even dinner. They are also perfect for entertaining. Nothing beats a homemade dip for a healthy snack. I hope you will enjoy this flavoursome red kidney bean dip.
Icun in Somali means ‘eat me’ and believe me you will eat and eat these crumbly shortbread biscuits that just melt in the mouth. They are usually made for festive days, but in our household we don’t wait for a special day. Any day and everyday is icun day!
Kashata is a popular sweet all along the East African coast and remarkably similar to the popular Ferrero Raffaello coconut candy. It is a delicious treat that could be dessert or eaten whenever you please.